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Monday, February 18, 2013


See that is Alonso heading to F138
The teams head off to Barcelona this week for the second four-day test of the year. The venue is the Circuit de Catalunya: a popular location for testing due to temperatures that are usually mild all year round and a technical layout that challenges every aspect of car and tyre performance. The theory goes that if a car can be quick in Barcelona, it can be quick in most places. This is what all the teams will be trying hard to establish over the next four days.
  TEAM         TUESDAY, 19/2/2013  WEDNESDAY, 20/2/2013 
Red Bull       Sebastian Vettel    Sebastian Vettel     
Ferrari        Fernando Alonso     Fernando Alonso     
McLaren        Sergio Perez        Jenson Button      
Lotus          Kimi Raikkonen      Kimi Raikkonen       
Mercedes AMG   Nico Rosberg        Luis Hamilton     
Sauber         Esteban Guttierez   Nico Hulkenberg       
Force India    Adrian Sutil        Pol di Resta 
Williams       Pastor Maldonado    Valtteri Bottas  
Toro Rosso     tba                 tba    
Caterhan       Charles Pic         Guido van der Garde 
Marussia       tba                 tba       
 TEAM          THURSDAY, 21/2/2013 FRIDAY, 22/2/2013    
Red Bull       Mark Webber         Mark Webber
Ferrari        Fernando Alonso     Felipe Massa
Mclaren        Sergio Perez        Jenson Button
Lotus          Romain Grosjean     Romain Grosjean
Mercedes AMG   Nico Rosberg        Luis Hamilton
Sauber         Nico Hulkenberg     Esteban Guttierez    
Force India    Pol di Resta        Jules Bianchi
Williams       Maldonado/Bottas    Bottas/Maldonado
Toro Rosso     tba                 tba
Caterham       Guido van der Garde Charles Pic
Marussia       tba                 tba
Each car will have a maximum of 35 sets of Pirelli’s new P Zero supersoft, soft, medium and hard compounds available in Barcelona, including the Cinturato intermediate and wet tyres if needed. In total, each team is allowed 100 sets of tyres per car for testing purposes over the course of a season. Pirelli will pick 20 of the sets that will be tested at Barcelona per car, while the teams are free to pick 15 more that they would like to try. Any sets of tyres not used at the previous test in Jerez may be carried forward to this test.
 TYRE           SET PER TEAM      2012 FASTEST TIME     
Super soft           1             1:22.391 (3 day)
Soft                 5             1:22.312 (4 day)
Medium               5               none
Hard                 6             1:23.265 (1 day)
Intermediate         2               none
Wet                  1               none